St. Joseph native Brad Nurski is one step closer to the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Nurski tied for first place in the 2019 Missouri Stroke Play with Jason Landry and Chris Kovach. After an hour and a half rain delay, the local golfer finished four rounds, shooting 11-under par with a total of 273 points.
Nurski dropped a birdie putt in the sudden death playoff to claim the title.
“I think the heat may have brought some rain in and lightning,” Nurski said. “I stayed with it mentally and came through in the end.”
The Missouri Stroke Play champion said consistency kept him in the lead.
“I tried to make as many birdies as I could because I knew everyone was making a lot themselves. I knew that if I hit my driver well, I’d have the chance to make some birdies,” Nurski said.
If Nurski holds onto his world ranking, he will be exempt for the U.S. Mid-Amateurs.
The 15th ranked Mid-Amateur has to stay within the top 30 by the end of the month.
“Chances are I’ll stay there, but you never know. Things can happen,” Nurski said. “Hopefully, I can stay exempt.”
This year’s U.S. Mid-Amateurs Championship takes place in Colorado in September.
“I’ve never been to Colorado for golf, so hopefully I can stay there where I am at now,” Nurski said.
The former Benton and Missouri Western star didn’t make the cut for the championships last year, but qualified in 2014. After falling in the final match in 2014, Nurski seeks redemption.
“That would be a great goal, but there are a lot of good golfers out there,” Nurski said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Nurski will be at the Fairview Golf Course Hall of Fame tournament this weekend to celebrate Matt Thrasher being inducted. The event starts with a shootout tonight at 5:30 p.m.
“It will be a fun weekend,” Nurski said. “I just want to go over there and have fun and watch him celebrate getting into the hall of fame.”
Nurski was inducted into the Fairview Golf Course Hall of Fame last year.